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Feb 23 21:22

Sheriff-tied political committee accepts money from convicted felon Scott Israel booster convicted in tax evasion, gun cases

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - A political committee supporting Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has raised $96,000 so far, much of it at an April fundraiser for Israel at developer and garbage company owner Ron Bergeron's ranch.

One of those leading the money list is developer Yoram Izhak, who is listed on campaign filings for "Citizens for Effective Law Enforcement" as giving $5,000 personally, with another $15,000 coming from companies listed at the building he owns in North Miami.

But what may be troubling for Broward County's top cop is that Izhak is also a convicted felon who was indicted 10 years ago in a massive organized crime case.

The crime ring was known as "The Corporation" or the "Cuban Mafia" and was allegedly involved in cocaine trafficking, arson, gambling and murder.

Feb 23 21:15

When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep'

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption.

Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. One such position, outreach manager, paid out a salary of $78,489. The person who got that job was the husband of Israel's campaign manager.

Feb 23 20:27

Breaking!: A report released Friday claims four of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the attack was occurring.

Sheriff Israel is finished!

Now CNN reports that the Coral Springs police officers claim three other Broward County deputies were outside the school but failed to go inside as well. They quote “Coral Springs sources” who said the three “deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles” when Coral Springs officers arrived. They said “not one of [the deputies] had gone into the school.”

The sources indicate other Broward County deputies arrived on scene, and two of those new arrivals joined with Coral Springs officers and entered the building.

The sources said, “Coral Springs police were stunned and upset that the four original Broward County Sheriff’s deputies who were first on the scene did not appear to join them as they entered the school.”

Feb 23 18:21

Literal most valuable reason TO YOU for .01% arrests: Govt ‘invests’ tens of trillions for ‘pension funds’ worth ~$600,000 per US household while taxing you for 95% of pension costs, paying Wall Street ‘advisors’ twice the pensions’ net income!

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I can lead your household to a million dollars, but I can’t make you take it, or even consider the data. But I will convey the message.

I can factually assert that I work with ~2,000 Advanced Placement Economics teachers through our discussion board, and that no colleague has ever challenged the factual accuracy of what I am about to explain and document.

Feb 23 17:53

Australian weightlifting CEO wants Kiwi transgender lifter Laurel Hubbard banned from Commonwealth Games

Australia has asked for a transgender weightlifter to be banned from the Commonwealth Games, saying she has an unfair advantage over her rivals.

Kiwi Laurel Hubbard, 39, was granted permission to compete in this year's Gold Coast commonwealth Games for the women's weightlifting event.

Since then Michael Keelan, the CEO of the Australian Weightlifting Federation, disputed the decision to let the champion weightlifter compete in a letter.

According to the Sunday Telegraph Keelan wrote there was a significant disadvantage to female weight lifters.

"It is our strong view that weightlifting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of testosterone," he wrote.

Feb 23 17:36

Ben Swann Exposes FDA, DEA Deception On Kratom

The FDA, of course, as with its corporate-supported attack on natural supplements and support of GMOs, has used incredibly faulty science to come to their conclusion that kratom is the same as heroin and other opiates, as well as causing deaths...

Feb 23 16:54

New Report | MS-13 Tied To 207 Murders In USA

And we're having a very difficult time rounding them up because they are protected in more than 300 different sanctuary cities inside the U.S.

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Feb 23 16:28

OBAMAGATE | INSIDE THE CRIMINAL SPY CARTEL

A true crime story. This is fantastic tv.

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Feb 23 15:46

Loesch Describes CNN Chaos: I Was Lucky To Make It Out Alive

“I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘burn her.’

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Feb 23 15:14

Will Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s protégés prosecute him?

Uri Avnery explores the likelihood that two protégés of Israel's embattled Netanyahu – Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and Police Chief Roni Alsheikh – will bring him to the dock on corruption charges. >>

Feb 23 14:46

Charlton Heston Responds To CNN's Gun Grabbing...

This is awesome...

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Feb 23 14:43

Country vs country: Canada and United States compared: Crime stats

Total crimes per 1000 80.25
Ranked 10th. 94% more than United States 41.29
Ranked 22nd.

Feb 23 14:02

SECOND ACCUSER Steps Forward | Says CNN Scripted Town Hall – Only ‘Certain Narrative’ Was Allowed…

CNN's narrative is crumbling with every new revelation. Full details.

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Feb 23 13:29

Take That CNN! | Colton Haab Names CNN Producer Who Censored Him -- Carrie Stevenson

Boom baby! Haab appeared on Tucker last night and dropped the hammer on lying CNN.

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Feb 23 13:04

The FBI Is Corrupt And Incompetent – Pelosi Says, "Give 'Em A Raise!"

That’s exactly what Congressional Democratic Leadership wants done. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have redefined chutzpah to the point of insanity.

Not three days after the FBI’s gross malfeasance and incompetence in their mishandling of the Parkland Florida massacre, these cretins have the unmitigated gall to publicly ask for another $300 million to add to the FBI’s budget.

But, is that $300 million to deal with real domestic threats to the lives and safety of Americans?

No.

It’s to combat Russian Trolls.

Seriously, I kid you not.

This is a classic example of these people having a narrative prepped and scheduled to wrest control of the news cycle regardless of the optics. The goal is to create layer upon layer of fake news replete with fake (read: paid by George Soros) outrage — that’s what RussiaGate is all about.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

Feb 23 13:01

Debt On Track To Destroy The American Middle Class

Economists report the household debt to be at its highest in decades. Yet, at the same time, we are being told that the economy is doing great. Does anyone see a serious contradiction?

In fact, the current economy only favors the wealthy owing to their flourishing financial assets such as stocks and bonds. Owing to the lack of real assets such as property and commodities, the middle and lower classes are becoming overwhelmed due to the serious consequences of the spending/debt cycle.

American consumers have a collective outstanding household debt of about $13.15 trillion of which nearly $1 trillion is the credit card debt alone, households are truly on a debt binge. These figures should be a wake-up call to all the Americans. The convulsive household debt has surpassed the bubble of 2008 and is still escalating. The economy may not be doing so great, after all.

Feb 23 12:49

War Preparations Against Venezuela as Election Nears

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported “troubling news of an impending military assault on the sovereign nation of Venezuela by states and forces allied with the United States.” Ajamu Baraka, the director, said the US is concerned that President Maduro will win the April 22 election, which would mean six more years in office. BAP urges people to include “No War On Venezuela” in actions being planned from February 16-23 for the 115th anniversary of the United States occupying Guantanamo.

Is the Path to War Through Border Disputes?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I called it correctly on Tidd's visit to Columbia a couple of weeks back; that plans were being discussed for "regime change" in Venezuela, if Maduro is re-elected.

The US government certainly wants to get its hands around Venezuela's vast oil reserves, and insure that the country only accepts the US dollar as payment for that oil.

Feb 23 12:39

Jake Tapper Busted | Perfect Example of CNN Script

This is VERY interesting from CNN’s phony Townhall.

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Feb 23 12:29

Donald Trump on School Shootings & Gun Control in 2000: "I support the ban on assault weapons"

Donald Trump in his book 'The America We Deserve,' (2000.) "It's often argued that the American murder rate is high because guns are more available here than in other countries. After a tragedy like the massacre at Columbine High School, anyone could feel that it is too easy for Americans to get their hands on weapons. But nobody has a good solution. This is another issue where you see the extremes of the two existing major parties. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions. I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today's Internet technology we should be able to tell within seventy-two hours if a potential gun owner has a record."

Feb 23 12:26

mORE DRONES HEADED TO SOUTH KOREA

Recent reports by South Korean news media claim that the US will deploy attack drones to the Korean Peninsula in the next few months.

Twelve attack drones that can target North Korean leaders and military targets will be deployed in March or April, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported this week.

According to the report, a hangar has already been constructed for the Gray Eagle drones. In addition, support facilities and personnel have reportedly already arrived at the US air base at Kunsan on the west coast.

The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle is an unmanned aircraft system developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the US Army. The Gray Eagle, which has an 18-yard wingspan, can conduct various missions including attack, reconnaissance, surveillance and infiltration. Its 248-mile range gives it enough reach to cover most of North Korean territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, North Korea is still in play as a target for US military action against it later this year.

If the US takes offensive action right after the games, China will be forced to support North Korea militarily.

Feb 23 12:18

IDF, US troops get ready for drill to simulate massive missile attack on Israel

The exercise will largely be performed through advanced computer simulations, though it will also include some real-world activities.

In total, some 4,500 soldiers from the two militaries will take part in the exercise — 2,500 of them from the United States’ European Command (US EUCOM) and 2,000 from the Israel Defense Forces. This is a substantial increase from the 2016 exercise, in which some 3,200 soldiers took part.

The Juniper Cobra exercise is scheduled to begin on March 4 and will formally run until March 15, though some American troops will stay in Israel and continue training with the IDF until the end of the month, the army said.

The threat from ballistic and guided missiles is one of the most significant threats facing Israel, and Israeli officials say it is growing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One false flag, to be blamed on either Lebanon's Hezbullah or Iran, will kick of a major Middle East war, with American troops already in place for battle.

And note the timing of the exercise: it starts precisely when the AIPAC conference kicks off kicks off in DC, which is 4 March to 6 March.

I do not believe that the timing of this exercise is a coincidence; with Netanyahu expected to be indicted for corruption, he may well be moving the timing ahead for such a false flag to be put in place, to distract from his legal woes, and give him some bloody shirts to wave about at AIPAC, as the justification for going into Lebanon, Iran, or perhaps both.

Feb 23 12:01

Syria: a mosaic of chaos

Syria has been engulfed in a devastating civil war since 2011 after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lost control over large parts of the country to multiple revolutionary groups. The conflict has since drawn in foreign powers and brought misery and death to many civilians.

Feb 23 11:54

Trump Administration Says 2001 AUMF Authorizes Endless Iraq, Syria Presence

New letters from the State and Defense Departments lay out the case, such as it is. The arguments in both letters are very similar. The 2002 AUMF for Iraq doesn’t have any caveats. It just says Iraq is a threat, and that means the US can do whatever they want to, with, or in Iraq. Syria, where the US is not only not invited, but troops are said to be there to advance regime change, is a lot trickier.

The argument is that because ISIS still sort of exists, the US can keep troops in Syria just in case ISIS becomes a serious threat, and while there, any time Syria forces get kind of close, the US can attack them “in self-defense.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has proven himself a far cry from Candidate Trump, who suggested that these endless, immoral, extraconstitutional confrontations should be ended, and gave us hope that the War Party was losing its influence in the Bowels of Power in DC.

Not so; and now President Trump is doubling down in Afghanistan as well:

Trump's Aimless War in Afghanistan Expands- Again

Feb 23 11:38

PHOTO | Obama The Wiretapper In Chief…

This is pretty funny...

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Feb 23 11:37

Culture wars: a child’s “medical right” to change gender in the Brave New World

“Technocracy is shaping a new world based on twisting morality into pseudoscientific ‘facts’ that demand compliance. It’s a hoax on a grand scale.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Government programs to teach the issue of gender in schools are gaining steam. “Fluid-gender” is the artificial construct used to promote these programs.

For years, I’ve been warning about the fabricated use of medical labels as a pretext for “protecting the rights of the child.”

The op goes this way:

Shift a decision about morality into a decision about the right to obtain medical treatment. For example, claim there is a disorder called Gender Dysphoria. Claim many children suffer from it.

State that gender reassignment is the treatment that cures the disorder.

State that every child has the “right” to choose the treatment—AND parents who oppose it are illegally restricting their children.

Feb 23 11:35

Armed officer at Parkland high school resigns after he did nothing during deadly shooting

The school resource officer on duty when a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida school found a safe spot outside the building — and did absolutely nothing, officials said Thursday.

Scot Peterson, who was the last line of defense at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas resigned after video surfaced of him outside the school Feb. 14 when all hell was breaking loose inside, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Peterson, a school safety officer since 2009, remained outside the building for about four of the six minutes Nikolas Cruz was inside killing students with an assault rifle, according to Israel.

Feb 23 11:22

JUDGE: IRAQIS SUFFICIENTLY ALLEGE TORTURE BY MILITARY CONTRACTOR AND MAY PROCEED WITH LAWSUIT

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against CACI Premier Technology for its alleged involvement in Iraqi torture at the Abu Ghraib prison.

“CACI personnel substantially aided the military personnel responsible for directly carrying out the abuses, including directing them on how to set the conditions of confinement, ordering them to employ various abusive tactics, and helping them conceal the abuses,” Judge Leonie Brinkema stated [PDF].

“Moreover, upper-level management at CACI substantially aided these continued abuses by refusing to inform the military of reports that CACI and military personnel were abusing detainees and by continuing to employ—and even promote—interrogators engaging in the abuses.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Judge Brinkema!!

Torture is counterproductive, in terms of creating actionable intelligence, and should be shunned by all civilized societies.

Although looking at the sorry state of the Unhinged Survielled States of America today, "civilized" would not be the first adjective I would use to describe it.

Feb 23 11:16

ICE in California and the Dangers Faced

A state that already has high levels of lawlessness, super high taxes, and some of the largest poverty figures in the nation is now facing a threat that they don’t even seem to realize is a threat.

Feb 23 11:12

US MAY OPEN PATH FOR SAUDI ARABIA TO ACQUIRE NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, who is the de facto ruler of the country, has ambitious plans to diversify the country’s energy source and is in the market to purchase nuclear power reactors. The potential for lucrative deals is too good to be missed and the Trump administration is thought to be mulling over loosening US law to win Saudi contracts, worth billions. The Kingdom has refused to be bound by stringent US regulations that restrict reprocessing and enriching uranium for the production of nuclear weapons.

With competitors like Russia and China waiting in the wings, Trump is keen to strike a deal with the Saudi’s and breathe new life into the American nuclear industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: you need to look at the long term consequences of such a move.

IF in fact the US wants to sell nuclear reactors here, please make sure that they are the kind which produce no materials which can be reprocessed and create enriched uranium for the production of nuclear weapons. Thorium reactors are clean energy reactors, which won't do this.

And you have to know where the next evolution of such a process will go, if you don't do this; the creation of a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia.

Please remember: Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, obeying Sharia law, and has no constitution whatsoever. And against whom would they use such weapons?!? Perhaps, against Iran, their existential enemy in the region?!? Perhaps, against Israel?!?

Yes, I know you like Prince Salman, and he has become one of your your BFFs in the Middle East.

But President Trump, I need to ask you; what moves has Prince Salman actually made toward turning the monarchy into a constitutional monarchy?!? The short answer is, zero, nada, zip.

This will probably generate an arms race in the Middle East like nothing you have ever seen before, sprouting MAD capabilities in countries like... wait for it... perhaps Bahrain, whose government's view on human rights is just to the right of those of Attila the Hun, and whose repressive government, monarchy, and supreme court have just formally obliterated all oposition to the ruling party.

Top Bahraini court upholds dissolution of opposition al-Wefaq party

What, sir, will a nuclear-armed to the teeth Middle East mean for the possibilities for peace for the next generations?!?

I respectfully believe that you and your advisors need to think such a decision through to its logical conclusions, and in selling Saudi Arabia nuclear reactors, that we not sell them the ones whose biproducts can create nuclear weapons.

Feb 23 11:00

BRAVO | Teen Invents Ingenious Device To Stop School Shooters

Nice work from a high school kid. And he's selling a ton of them.

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Feb 23 10:58

HUNDREDS PROTEST OBJECT USED IN FL ATTACK, FORGETTING FBI & POLICE IGNORED THREATS THAT LET IT HAPPEN

Several of the surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have turned into gun control advocates in the last week. But while they were quick to protest against the inanimate object that was reportedly used to kill 17 students and teachers, they seem to be ignorant of the fact that the FBI ignored multiple reports and the local police department ignored dozens of calls about death threats from the suspect.

More than 100 students from Parkland visited the Florida State capitol exactly one week after the shooting to participate in the “Rally to Support Gun Safety Reform,” in an attempt to call on lawmakers to enact stricter gun control. Students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have also gained mainstream media fame by speaking out in a number of interviews and referring to members of the National Rifle Association as “Child murderers.”

Feb 23 10:55

Prohibition Never Works: Banning Alcohol Didn't Work, And Banning Guns Won't Either

Alcohol kills almost three times as many Americans as guns. Last year, about 33,000 people died of gunshot-related injuries, including those who shot themselves; suicide. When removing those who killed themselves only (again, suicide), that number drops to 15,549, by even anti-gun activists estimates. To put that in perspective, this year’s flu and the vaccine to “prevent” said flu is more deadly. So far, it’s been killing an estimated 4,000 Americans per week. That’s roughly 16,000 per month, a number already higher than last year’s total “gun deaths” which include justified homicides (or self-defense.) You don’t have to be a genius at math to understand that “gun violence” isn’t really the epidemic the media wants you to believe.

Feb 23 10:37

RUSSIAN TROLLS ARE FLOODING SOCIAL MEDIA WITH MESSAGES MEANT TO INCREASE TENSIONS IN U.S.

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., about how Russian bots are still flooding social media, including fomenting American tension over the Florida school shootings, and what he thinks should be done about it.

The aftermath of a school shooting in Florida, NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem and the 2016 presidential election - these have all been targets of Russian internet trolls. Just hours after that Florida shooting last week, Russian bots got busy on social media posting pro-gun-rights messages, also posting pro-gun-control messages. It's the latest example of a phenomenon documented in special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment released on Friday of Russian trolls and bots working to deepen divisions in U.S. society. Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford has been talking about this since the NFL national anthem controversy last fall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, really?!?

And by what professional computer training did Senator Lankford come to this determination?

Let us take a look at this man's educational history, from wickipedia.com:

"Lankford was born March 4, 1968, in Dallas, Texas,[6] the son of Linda Joyce (née House) and James Wesley Lankford.[7][8] His mother was an elementary school librarian.[1] His maternal grandparents owned a small dry-cleaning business, his father and paternal grandparents a dairy farm. His stepfather was a career employee of AC Delco, the parts division of General Motors.[9]

His parents divorced when he was four; his mother and older brother and he lived for a time in his grandparents' garage apartment. He became a Christian at eight. His mother remarried when he was twelve, and the family moved to Garland with his stepfather.[1] Lankford attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. While at Lakeview Lankford participated in the Close Up Washington civic education program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (specializing in Speech and History) at University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and a master's degree in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994."

Sorry, but I do not see one computer-centric class in his education, to enable him to be be able to make the authentic claim that these are "Russian Bots", attempting to "deepen divisions in US society."

Does the man even have the faintest clue about spoofing IPs, to make a computer communication "appear" to be from another country when it absolutely is not?

This is more demonizing of Russia, without a reasonable, trustworthy analysis by someone who understands the tecnology down to the bare metal.

Demonization of another country, coupled with sanctions against it, are usually preludes to war, which is where the US government activity is headed in this case.

And frankly, in preparation for such a war, I woiuld not bet against seeing the draft reinstated in this country.

Feb 23 10:30

7 ARRESTS IN VETERANS FOR CHILD RESCUE JOINT NGO/LEO PEDOPHILE STING

Among the pedophiles arrested were Jason Livermore a married U.S. Army Recruiter with two children; Carlos Valenzuela Nunez an Undocumented Alien, and Floyd Jennings a school bus driver and grandfather. Felony charges ranged from conspiracy to commit child rape, rape of a child, aggravated kidnapping, to dealing harmful materials to minors.

Feb 23 10:26

Philippines' Duterte suggests news site Rappler linked to U.S. spies

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stood by his decision to ban domestic news outlet Rappler from his events, accusing it of trying to undermine his government, probably with the backing of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Feb 23 10:26

People In North Korea Are Starving While Kim Jong Un’s Sister Travels In Luxury

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister spent three days staying in luxury hotels during the Winter Olympic games while the majority of her country’s population can’t afford to eat, according to reports.

Feb 23 10:26

Texas Superintendent Vows To Suspend Students Who Walk Out To Protest Guns

A school superintendent near Houston said his district plans to suspend any student who takes part in classroom walkouts as a form of protest over gun violence after last week's school massacre in Florida.

Feb 23 10:21

SYRIA - THE TWO EAST-GHOUTA CAMPAIGNS - ONE IS FOR LIBERATION, THE OTHER TO SAVE TERRORISTS

The Syrian government and its allies decided to finally liberate east-Ghouta from the grip of the Takfiri terrorists. Some 25,000 government troops are assembling now and preparatory artillery fire and aerial bombing has begun. The Syrian air force dropped leaflets to point anyone who wants to leave the area to designated humanitarian crossing points.

The western propaganda is repeating its "save Aleppo" campaign to save the terrorists in Ghouta. In the process the western aligned countries are making a joke (vid) out of the UN Security Council. There is no mention in this campaign of any Takfiri and no picture of any of the sectarian militants who daily kill random people in Damascus. This rings hollow writes Robert Fisk.

Feb 23 10:19

Seattle author mistakes Norwegian flag for Confederate flag, alerts local newspaper

When a New York Times bestselling author noticed a blue-and-red flag flying near her home, she tipped off the local newspaper to report a "Confederate flag." But there was just one little problem – it was a Norwegian flag.

Feb 23 10:11

FLORIDA SHOOTING SURVIVOR DOUBLES DOWN: CNN'S ENTIRE TOWNHALL WAS SCRIPTED

The latest embarrassing blow to CNN's (already tattered) credibility emerged last night when Colton Haab, the student who first exposed CNN for pushing him to ask a scripted question during Wednesday night's town hall appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to offer even more shocking details about CNN's conduct.

Yesterday, we noted that Haab, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and shooting survivor, had come forward to say he decided not to attend Wednesday night's CNN town hall after CNN producers gave him a pre-scripted question for him to ask.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I completely unsurprised here?!?

Feb 23 10:11

Technology isn’t just changing society — it’s changing what it means to be human

Is there something unusual about the pace and nature of technological change today? Should we be more worried about the world we’re creating?

Feb 23 10:11

The Trump Administration Wants a War America Cannot Win

Who knew that U.S. vice president Mike Pence would take a page out of activist athlete Colin Kaepernick’s playbook and refuse to stand for the host team’s entry at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 8, 2018?

The games were being held in PyeongChang, Korea — and the team was composed of athletes representing what most people on the peninsula imagine to be their country, if only in their hopes and dreams — one nation, united North and South.
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Now that the DPRK has entered the nine nation nuclear weapons club and mastered the missile technology necessary to deliver those weapons to the United States, what chance is there of such a final victory for the United States on the peninsula? Increasingly the most aggressive voices in the U.S. military policy establishment are pushing for a shift to offense against the DPRK, and since the election of Donald Trump, these voices are ascendant.

These voices are dangerous and wrong, and conscientious>>>

Feb 23 10:11

America’s immigration agency removes “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement

That’s not an exaggeration. USCIS, the federal agency responsible for issuing visas and green cards and for naturalizing immigrants as US citizens, has unveiled a new mission statement that strips out all references to immigrants themselves — including taking out a line that called the US a “nation of immigrants.” And in an email to agency staff Thursday, as first reported by the Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux, director L. Francis Cissna bragged about the change — saying that USCIS wasn’t supposed to help immigrants and the US citizens seeking to sponsor them, but rather “the American people.”

Feb 23 09:57

Russian bobsledder who wore anti-doping shirt just failed a doping test

Russian bobsled federation president Alexander Zubkov announced that Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for a banned heart medication. She is the second athlete in the 2018 Winter Olympics to flunk a test. Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was found to have meldonium in his system earlier in the Games.

Feb 23 09:57

How Alina Zagitova gamed the system en route to 'Russia's' first gold medal

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — For the first 2:10 of her not quite four-minute free skate routine here at the ladies’ final, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova spun, twirled, stepped and acted out a choreographed scene from “Don Quixote,” whose music played the entire time.

Feb 23 09:56

Student says Nikolas Cruz threatened to 'kill' him, sent photo of guns months before school shooting

Six months before Nikolas Cruz allegedly gunned down former classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he apparently texted a photo of an assault rifle, among a slew of other weapons, to a student he repeatedly threatened to kill.

Feb 23 09:38

Debtors' prison: ACLU report details 'criminalization of private debt'

Americans' reliance on household debt ? and poor people's struggles to pay it off ? has fueled a collection industry that forces many of them into jail, a practice that critics call a misuse of the criminal justice system.

Feb 23 09:37

School official says he was duped by 'fake news' when claiming student was 'crisis actor'

A Lake County School Board member says he made a mistake after posting something on his Facebook page.

Feb 23 09:25

After deadly Parkland shooting, deputies will now carry AR-15 rifles on school grounds, sheriff says

Broward County sheriff's deputies will now carry AR-15 rifles while on school campuses following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week, Sheriff Scott Israel announced today.

Feb 23 09:25

Here's why a mailman refused to deliver to San Francisco family

Almost all of us have had some problems with postal services -- mail gets lost, stolen, delivered to the wrong address. But a San Francisco family stopped getting any mail at all and was stunned to find out why.

Feb 23 09:18

NRA Chief Blames FBI, ‘Failure of School Security’, and mental illness for Florida High School Massacre

The head of the biggest gun lobby in the US has accused Democrats of pushing a “socialist” agenda to deprive gun owners of their weapons, in an uncompromising speech just a week after 17 people died in the Florida school shooting.

Feb 23 09:17

New eyedrops could repair corneas, make glasses unneccessary

A Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University ophthalmologist has invented and patented “nanodrops” which – when placed on pigs’ corneas – have produced improvements in short-sightedness and long-sightedness.

Feb 23 09:09

Mystery deepens: Armed deputy stood by and ALLOWED the Florida shooting to happen, doing nothing to intervene

The fact that this armed deputy stood by and allowed the shooting to unfold for several minutes without even entering the building is strong evidence that he was ordered to stand down. Why? Because this deputy was previously recognized as a tactical response genius.

According to ABC News, “Peterson was named school resource officer of the year in the city of Parkland in 2014” and had been noted as “proven to be reliable in handling issues with tact and judgment.” He was also nominated by the sheriff’s office for Parkland deputy of the year in 2017, adds ABC News.

In other words, this guy is the best of the best when it comes to tactical law enforcement and working to protect students. He also worked for that school for five years, which means — crucially — that he was intimately familiar with the school layout and floor plan, as he had obviously walked it a few thousand times himself.

Feb 23 09:09

Father 'chained up his twin daughters in their home for at least 10 years and repeatedly raped them - impregnating one of the girls twice'

Jerry Lee Curry, 51, has been charged for allegedly torturing his twin daughters
Twins, who are now in their 20s, were abused for 10 years, documents show
One of the twins escaped in May 2017 and was able to alert authorities of abuse
After their rescue, they told authorities that Curry would constantly rape them
The twins also told police that he would chain them up and starve them at home
Curry also fathered two children by one of the twins, according to DNA results

Feb 23 09:09

Girl, 12, is 'torn to pieces and eaten' by pack of stray dogs on her walk home from school in Ukraine before her parents find her dismembered body

Liza Kanareikina was ambushed by the dogs in woodland in Khartsyzsk, Ukraine
The 12-year-old girl was walking home when she was 'torn to pieces and eaten'
Her parents went out to look for her and found gruesome remains of her body
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Feb 23 09:08

Florida Shooting Survivor Says CNN Gave Him ‘Scripted’ Questions at Town Hall Event

Colton Haab told Miami’s local WPLG-TV that the network refused to allow him to raise his idea that schools consider employing U.S. military veterans as armed security guards and instead offered him canned questions.

Feb 23 08:55

Nearly 400kg of cocaine was found inside the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires

POLICE HAVE SEIZED nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina’s security minister announced.

Feb 23 08:54

Rising rates of autism diagnoses don’t have anything to do with the increasing number of ultrasound scans that women receive during pregnancy, according to a new study in JAMA pediatrics.

Ultrasounds during pregnancy can be lots of fun, offering peeks at the baby-to-be. But ultrasounds aren’t just a way to get Facebook fodder. They are medical procedures that involve sound waves, technology that could, in theory, affect a growing fetus.

Feb 23 08:53

"He Never Went In": Officer On Duty Filmed "Doing Nothing" During Florida Shooting

Video evidence reveals that an armed Broward County resource deputy stationed at Stoneman Douglas High School during the Valentine's day massacre did "nothing" during the shooting - instead waiting outside as a gunman opened fire on students and teachers, killing 17.

Speaking at a press conference, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said the on duty officer at Stoneman "never went in." Israel said he was "devastated" after watching the video showing the deputy taking a position outside the Western side of Building 12 while shots rang out, "and he never went in" despite having a clear view of the entrance.

"I think he remained outside upwards of four minutes," Israel said.

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